Cardiff completed their pre-season preparations by collecting a 2-2 draw at Chasetown on Tuesday night - the result ensuring that Dave Jones would take his squad into Saturday's Championship curtain opener against Southampton undefeated.
Cardiff started the match with a mix of new signings, experience, youth and a trialist at Chasetown's Scholars Ground, the venue that was at the beginning of City's FA Cup adventure last season.
Most prominent in the starting line-up was new number eight Jay Bothroyd who was to partner Paul Parry in attack.
Cardiff starting XI: Enckelman, Blake, Edwards, Dennehy, Morris, Scimeca, Oruma (trial), Whitingham, Comminges, Parry, Bothroyd.
Cardiff were the first to draw blood after some neat interplay opened the door for Parry who obliged by slotting the ball home from six yards.
Chasetown however were undeterred and soon enough were level after a defensive mix-up allowed Tony Onokah to head home for parity to be restored. The Scholars, clearly motivated by the goal then took the initiative as Danny Smith cleverly chipped the outrushing Enckelman to go in the break a goal to the good.
Half Time: Chasetown 2 - 1 Cardiff
Several changes were made by Cardiff during the second half, starting with Bothroyd leaving the field to allow some of our younger contingent to make a name for themselves including Jon Brown.
The young Bluebirds impressed, working well to provide trialist Wilson Oruma the ball midway through the second half - the Nigerian midfielder unleashing a thirty yard rocket to leave Chasetown 'keeper Lee Evans no chance.
The match then fizzled out with further changes and a share of the spoils with our new friends on Church Street, leaving only the prospect of further bad traffic home to dampen spirits.
Full Time: Chasetown 2 - 2 Cardiff